NASA Astronaut Kjell Lindgren Presents Another Hugo, This Time From Earth

Worldcon 75 says Special Guest, NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, will present an award at the 64th Hugo award ceremony on August 11.

Lindgren, a member of Expedition 44/45 to the International Space Station (ISS), and a NASA Distinguished Service Medal recipient (2016), has had a lifelong interest in science fiction and fantasy. Most recently, he led NASA’s 22nd Extreme Environment Mission Operation (NEEMO), a 10-day project at Aquarius Reef Base, an underwater habitat 19 meters below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. Research on the mission was relevant to long duration space travel, and included assessment of equipment for a lunar medical evacuation.

Toastmistress Dr. Karen Lord is excited to welcome back Dr. Lindgren. In 2015, he announced the winner for Best Novel, Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem, via videoconference from the ISS. Lindgren will join presenters from 15 countries at the first World Science Fiction Convention to be held in Finland.

[Based on the press release.]

2 thoughts on “NASA Astronaut Kjell Lindgren Presents Another Hugo, This Time From Earth

  1. ‘Presenters from fifteen countries’ is interesting: it implies they are going back to the model of one presenter per award.

  2. Just a fannish nitpick: Lindgren’s Hugo presentation from the ISS at Sasquan was a taped broadcast, not a live videoconference.

    Based on video I’ve seen of him for Sasquan and at the Nebulas, Lindgren is extremely personable and generous with his time (as were Jeanette Epps and Stan Love in person at MidAmeriCon). It’s wonderful that they’ve got him as a GoH in person this year for Worldcon.

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